George I Lovell
Growth and development of the United States Constitution as reflected in decisions of the Supreme Court; political, social, and economic effects. Offered: jointly with POL S 360.
Description: This course is the first of a two-quarter introduction to American Constitutional Law. The course examines the constitutional foundations of the American political and legal systems. Participants will examine the political and legal processes that have shaped constitutional development from the founding to the present. The focus of the course is Supreme Court decisions on judicial review, state/federal relations, executive and legislative powers, separation of powers, and economic regulation.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The textbook for the course is: Louis Fisher, American Constitutional Law, Vol 1, 6th Edition. ISBN 1-59460-121-6
Class assignments and grading
Assignments: Classroom activity will be divided between lectures and general class discussion. Students will be expected to participate in collective critical analysis of cases and doctrines. Grades will be based on class participation, a short paper, and two in-class exams.
Grading. Exams: 80 % Papers: 10 % Class/quiz participation: 10 % TOTAL: 100 %